Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Update - Westmarch Level Design
As we draw nearer to Blizzcon, where Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is going to be of primary focus, the Diablo 3 website has been releasing some posts about Westmarch, the location of Act 5. Today they’ve posted an article on the actual level design!
For those of you who don’t know, Westmarch was a large metropolis that has since fallen prey to Malthael’s destructive force. It seems that in the spirit of the dark and haunted nature of Diablo 2, Westmarch will be “the site of a haunted apocalypse.” The level design is largely “Western European and Gothic.” Blizzard themselves describe it as a “dark and foreboding city.”
So its safe to say that we are not going to see the vibrant colors of Caldeum, but rather a setting “where Jack the Ripper or Mr. Hyde” would live.
The Survivor’s Enclave is the name of the Town for Act V. It’s the only place still safe for the survivors of Westmarch and your group of artisans. Turns out that this cathedral square was modelled of a real location in Toledo, Spain.
Blizzard also let their fans know that Westmarch contains about 30 cellars that promise to be much more immersive than the tiny boring cellars of Act I. Blizzard describes the experience:
“Imagine starting in a small house that opens up into a courtyard, where a path guides you through an alleyway to a new house.”
This should give us the ability to finally traverse a D3 map with more freedom, as has traditionally been reserved for MMORPGs.
Check out Blizzard's post.